Allison & Steven /adoption-family/allison-steven 1992

Allison & Steven


Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us. We are Steven, Allison, and Liam. Although we haven't met you yet, you already hold a special place in our hearts and we admire your strength and courage. We are beyond excited that you would consider us as a family to love and raise your child. We hope that through our story you see what a supportive, nurturing, warm and loving home we will provide. We can't wait to meet you and continue this amazing journey together!

Our Story

About Us

We met and began dating during our junior year of college. We had an instant connection and we have been inseparable ever since. We dated for six years before getting engaged and we have been married for eleven years. We love taking Liam on new adventures, traveling, spending time outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. Family is the most important thing in our lives. We are so excited to grow our family once again!


We believe the more people to love a child the better. We look forward to building a relationship and developing a plan of openness that will best support your child. We truly feel a child's story should be complete. We want your child to know his or her story began with love.

We will provide a loving and supportive home that nurtures creativity, compassion, and a sense of wonder about the world. We can't wait to travel and give your child the opportunity to experience different cultures. We look forward to countless new experiences and growing together as a family!

Most importantly we want to create an environment built on kindness, understanding, and respect for others. Your child will be surrounded by the love of family and friends who are beyond excited to meet him or her!

About Allison (By Steven)

The first thing I noticed about Allison is how kind she is. I immediately felt a strong connection with her, and knew we were meant to be together. We were in college when we met, and it has been incredible to experience life together. Allison always encourages me in whatever I am doing, and I love her for that. We truly are life partners. She is genuine and makes others around her feel comfortable. What I love most about Allison is her smile. She is compassionate and has a positive outlook on life. Allison is extremely generous with her time and loves to be active. She is happiest surrounded by family and friends. Allison sees the good in everything and is a constant source of support to her family and friends. Being a mom comes naturally to Allison. She is incredible with Liam, and provides a nurturing and loving environment for him to thrive in. I am in awe of the connection that Allison and Liam share, and love the creativity Allison has when teaching and playing with Liam. My favorite thing is the way Liam says "Mama" and looks at Allison with a big smile on his face. I am excited to grow our family together!

About Steven (By Allison)

When I think about Steven, one word comes to mind: passion. Steven puts his whole heart, mind, and soul into everything he does. Whether it is his family, friends, job, or hobbies, Steven gives everything he has. I am in awe of his drive and determination. Steven stands by me in all that I do and is always my biggest supporter. He has stood by my side through good times and bad and has truly been everything a husband should be. What made me fall in love with Steven was his sense of humor. He can always make me laugh, and this is something that I love most about him. Steven is adventurous. He has passed his love of travel onto me and we have traveled to so many amazing places together. Steven has also brought out my adventurous side. With him, I flew in a small plane for the first time, went scuba diving, and traveled to countless new places. Watching Steven become a father has been truly amazing. He and Liam have such a sweet bond. He is a very involved dad and is so supportive. The love that Steven has for Liam is incredible to see. He can make Liam laugh like no one else can. I can't wait to grow our family with him by my side!

Our Family

Family is the most important thing in our lives. We both grew up in the southwest suburbs with incredibly loving parents. Allison has one younger sister and Steven has an older sister and a younger brother. We have two nieces and four nephews that are a constant source of entertainment. Watching them grow up has been so much fun!

We live within ten minutes of most of our family and we see each other all the time. Liam is so lucky to have cousins within a mile of our house. Our niece and nephew even ride their bikes to our house now for visits!

From the moment we brought Liam home, our families have been a constant source of support. Liam has such a close relationship with his family and loves when everyone gets together. We can't wait to see Liam grow up with his cousins. They already have such a special relationship that we know will only continue to grow.

Our Home

We live in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago in a growing community. We are close to many downtown areas that offer parks, museums, and restaurants. Our town has a vibrant and active downtown area, and we love spending time there. Our neighborhood is friendly, and we enjoy spending time with our neighbors. There are always kids of all ages playing kickball or basketball in our cul de sac.  Our favorite part of our house is the backyard and patio. We enjoy grilling out and having friends over while Liam and the dogs run around the fenced yard. Our neighborhood has trails, parks and ponds to explore.


Fun Facts

  • Favorite food: Hawaiian pizza, pasta, seafood
  • Favorite movies: Anchorman, Field of Dreams
  • Favorite t.v. shows: The Office
  • Favorite book: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
  • Favorite bands: Pearl Jam, Coldplay
  • Dream places to travel: Thailand, Fiji
  • Hobbies: running, yoga
  • Most adventurous experience: scuba diving in St. Lucia
  • Favorite sports teams: Bears, Cubs
  • Fun fact: I have run four half marathons
  • Favorite food: chicken parmesan, any kind of potato
  • Favorite movies: Star Wars, Wayne's World
  • Favorite t.v. shows: Lost, Planet Earth
  • Favorite books: Harry Potter, To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Favorite bands: Sigur Ros, Coldplay
  • Favorite places I have traveled: Ireland, Scotland
  • Hobbies: golfing, concerts, reading,
  • Most adventurous experience: taking my first solo flight at the age of 17
  • Favorite sports teams: Fighting Illini, Bears, Bulls, White Sox
  • Fun fact: I was in a McDonald's commercial when I was four.

"Allison & Steven" Family Photos

  • Celebrating Thanksgiving!
  • Liam’s cousin teaching him the Jedi way
  • Having fun on a Chicago rooftop!
  • Family Christmas pjs
  • Liam’s baptism with his family and friends!
  • Auntie Andrea giving Liam his first haircut!
  • Fun with cousins at the Houston Zoo!
  • Liam’s cousin showing him the ropes at Chuck E. Cheese
  • Steven giving his niece and nephews a ride
  • Yoga with Mama
  • Fun times in Granny and Papa’s pool!
  • Liam and his doggies
  • Dada showing Liam the cockpit of his airplane!
  • Celebrating Liam’s First Birthday
  • Playing in the snow!
  • Hangin’ out on Easter Sunday!
  • Go Bears!
  • Liam with Granny and Papa on the Fourth of July
  • Time to fly!
  • Liam and his cousins in Florida being beach bums

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